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St. John’s parish celebrates100th Fall Festival PDF Print E-mail
Friday, October 19, 2012 12:28 PM

DELPHOS — From its humble beginning in 1913, St. John’s Fall Festival has become a mainstay for the parish and school.
The first “housewarming” was held in October 1913 in the school’s new auditorium. The festival was a great success and netted a sum of $9,600 for the school fund.
Fast-forwarding to today, the event is a homecoming for parishioners who have moved away and for those who are here, a sense of place and community.
Families are in charge of certain activities or foods in the kitchen and keep those duties for generations.
“Families who do a certain thing are identified by it,” St. John’s Public Relations Head Amy Youngpeter said.
Thousands of meals are enjoyed both in the Little Theater and as carry-outs.
“People come home just to eat festival food,” Youngpeter added.
The festival activities have become a tradition and little has changed over the years except a little tweaking here and there as necessary.
Festival meals will be served family-style in the Little Theater from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday and from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday. Carryouts are also available.
The menu includes beef and chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, dressing, corn, roll, cole slaw, apple sauce and dessert.
A trip to the Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium is a must for a chance on the Teacher/Staff Raffle Booth or the Money Wheel with an entire wall of prizes. Booths, crafts, the Country Store and Treasure Island are included.


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